Can we officially declare that 2014 was the year of 3D printing? With so many innovations in both fashion and technology, we pretty much have come to expect being amazed by the power of printing. And it warms our hearts that this awesome new tech is also being used to help give some pets a leg up on life.


Meet Derby, an adorable husky mix who was born without properly formed front legs. His deformity forced him to walk with his body close to the ground, limiting his ability to run and play.


His story caught the attention of Tara Anderson at 3D Systems, a company specializing in 3D printing. Along with Derby’s family, Anderson created a pair of custom prosthetics for Derby, finally giving him the ability to spring around the yard.

Roll the video and try to hold back your tears of joy at the sight of one happy dog sprinting down the sidewalk for the first time.

You have a tear trickling down your cheek, don’t you?

What do you think of this inspiring story? Tell us your thoughts on Derby’s future and the future of 3D printing below!

(h/t Design Taxi)